Carrots

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fresh carrotsCarrots contain carotenoids that help reduce your risk of heart disease and skin cancer.

New studies show they're not as effective as previously thought in preserving eyesight - though the Chinese use carrots stir fried in a bit of oil to treat night blindness. Like many vegetables, carrots need some fat for your body to properly absorb all of the nutrients. That means the best way to eat carrots would be on a salad with some sort of olive oil based dressing.

Carrots have been used in many cultures to reduce menstrual pain.

Carrot juice helps to relieve diarrhea.

It's a handy, healthy snack providing calcium, iron, fiber, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin K, biotin, potassium and thiamine in addition to the beta-carotene that your body uses to produce vitamin A.

Raw carrots require a lot of energy to eat and digest. That means you are burning the calories as you're taking them in. How's that for a super snack?

 

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